Emerging Leaders Program

Emerging LeadersIn an effort to help develop and prepare the next generation of LGBTQ professionals and business owners, we are proud to be launching our new Emerging Leaders Program.

The new Emerging Leaders Program is a mentorship program that will match LGBTQ college students throughout Wisconsin with Chamber members to help them gain knowledge of the careers they’re interested in pursuing after graduation. This is a tremendous way to make sure students know that you can be an out leader in the workplace.

This inaugural program year will run from September 2016 until April 2017. During the course of the program, we will be providing special trainings for mentors, as well as other unique opportunities for participants.

Mentors will be asked to:

  • Meet on a regular basis over the course of the program with their mentees (in person, via Skype or phone call, etc.)
  • Develop mentorship goals with their mentee at start of program
  • Provide one in-person job shadow opportunity for mentee

Mentees will be asked to:

  • Meet on a regular basis over the course of the program with their mentors
  • Develop mentorship goals with mentors at start of program
  • Participate in at least one in-person job shadow with mentor

In addition, during the program, we will be providing a number of professional development opportunities for mentees that mentors will also be invited to, including how to grow your LinkedIn profile, how to effectively network, and more.

In order to be considered as a mentor, please fill out a short application here. Mentor applications are due Friday, September 2

In order to be considered as a mentee, please fill out a short application here. Mentee applications are due Friday, September 9.

Mentors will be notified of selection based on the number of mentees who apply, as well as matching criteria. For example, mentors and mentees will have the option to select preferred method of engagement (in person, Skype, etc).

Mentors and mentees will be notified if selected in early September and invited to a special program launch event with their match.

If you have any specific questions about the Emerging Leaders Program, please feel free to contact us at (414) 678-9275 or jason@wislgbtchamber.com.

We hope you will consider being part of our inaugural year and help us support and grow the next generation of LGBTQ business owners and professionals in Wisconsin.